Writing History

Writing History : A Guide for Students

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Bringing together practical methods from both history and composition, Writing History provides a wealth of tips and advice to help students research and write essays for history classes. The book covers all aspects of writing about history, including finding topics and researching them, interpreting source materials, drawing inferences from sources, and constructing arguments. It concludes with three chapters that discuss writing effective sentences, using precise wording, and revising. Using numerous examples from the works of cultural, political, and social historians, Writing History serves as an ideal supplement to history courses that require students to conduct research. The third edition includes expanded sections on peer editing and topic selection, as well as new sections on searching and using the Internet.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 10.16mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • figures
  • 0195337557
  • 9780195337556
  • 410,933

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"Storey's book is a first-rate guide for students who are new to the field of history and to the processes of historical research and writing. He offers a useful framework for organizing and successfully completing a major research project in a history class."--Ellen Stroud, Oberlin College"It is rare that books about writing are well-written. This is a well-presented story that should keep students' attention throughout. It is also brilliantly practical. This is the computer manual that tells you to plug in the machine first. It is a work that students will read and that faculty can rely on."--Mark A. Kishlansky, Harvard University"The strength of this text is its focus upon a methodical process of selecting a research topic, building the argument, and organizing the essay. Nothing else out there, in my opinion, does this as well as Writing History."--John Howard Smith, Texas A&M University-Commerceshow more

About William Kelleher Storey

William Kelleher Storey is Associate Professor of History at Millsaps College. Formerly Preceptor in Expository Writing at Harvard University, he is the author of Guns, Race, and Power in Colonial South Africa (2008) and Science and Power in Colonial Mauritius (1997).show more

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